‘Emily’ is an inspired and very modern (read: sexy) take on the mysterious life of Emily Brontë, one of history's most famous and provocative writers, as interpreted by actor-turned-director Frances O’Connor. The film shows that Emily—embodied by the phenomenal Emma Mackey (‘Sex Education’, ‘Death on the Nile’)—was way ahead of her time. Emily rejects the straitjacket that her family and the Yorkshire citizenry impose on her—she is a rebel and an outcast, a young woman trying to be herself. When she unexpectedly discovers love, it not only strengthens her passion, but also her urge for freedom. Encouraged by her brother Branwell (Fionn Whitehead), Emily chooses her own path and finds the inspiration for a timeless masterpiece: ‘Wuthering Heights’.
‘[O’Connor] has made a really impressive debut as a writer and director with this study of Emily Brontë, intelligently played by the Franco-British star Emma Mackey. It’s beautifully acted, lovingly shot, fervently and speculatively imagined… This is a sensually imaginative dive into the life of the “Wuthering Heights” author: it is a real passion project for O’Connor, with some wonderfully arresting insights.’—Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian